Tom Ellis

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Tom Ellis

Born

11/17/1979, Cardiff, Wales

Birth Name

Tom Ellis

Gender

Male
  • Tom Ellis as Cenred on Merlin
  • Cenred (Tom Ellis) riding a horse on Merlin
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Cardiff born actor Tom Ellis made his television debut in the UK tv series Nice Guy Eddie in 2001, and ever since he's taken part in several movies and multiple tv shows like No Angels, Pulling, The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who, Monday, Monday, Miranda and Merlin. He…more

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  • Trivia

    • Tom is professionally represented by Christian Hodell, Hamilton Hodell Talent Management, London and QVoice, London.

    • Tom and his wife Tamzin Outhwaite met on February 2005. Later that year he proposed to her on her birthday and they got married in a romantic country wedding in a tiny island church on a lake at Orchardleigh House near Bath, on June 11th, 2006. The guests list included Liam Gallagher, Nicole and Natalie Appleton, Kate Thorton (bridesmaid), Max Beesley and Susie Amy.

    • Tom Ellis and his wife Tamzin Outhwaite were the winners of the ITV charity gameshow All Star Mr & Mrs Christmas Special on December 20th, 2008 where they were tested about their knowledge of one another.

    • Personal:
      -Wife: Tamzin Outhwaite.
      -Children: Nora (born of Estelle Morgan in 2005), Florence Elsie Ellis (born of Tamzin Outhwaite on June 17th, 2008) and Marnie Mae Ellis born of Tamzin Outhwaite on August 1st 2012).
      -Parents: His father worked as a minister at the Cemetery Baptist Church in Sheffield. -Siblings: Three sisters.

    • Education:
      -Tom Ellis attended High Storrs Comprehensive School in Sheffield, Yorkshire.
      -He graduated with a drama degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance.

    • Tom likes to sing and is a keen musician; he plays the drums and was a French Horn player in the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra.

    • Favourites:
      Movies: The Shawshank Redemption.
      Tv shows: The Silence, Sherlock Holmes.
      Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch.
      Football club: Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal.
      Sports: Football, golf and cricket.
      Comedy show: Extras.
      Comedian: Steve Coogan.

    • Tom has black hair and dark brown eyes. He is 6'3 (1.93 mt) and right handed.

  • Quotes

    • Tom Ellis: (About Miranda) It's nice to be involved in something like this, I don't think I've ever had this much attention from people in the streets as I do since I did Miranda! We all loved doing it and we've been doing it for a couple of years. My hope for it was that people had as much fun watching it as we did making it.

    • Tom Ellis: (About Miranda) Because we shot it in front of a live audience, we knew that they were having a great time - but we didn't know how that was gonna translate to TV. You don't know how the critics are gonna take it, or how the viewing figures will be. But it's become a hit.

    • Tom Ellis: (When asked to tell a joke) Two fish in a tank. One says to the other: 'So how do you drive this thing?' Um, yeah. Well, I'm laughing.

    • Tom Ellis: (About his best practical joke): I wouldn't say it was the best, but the most misjudged one was after I'd worked on a war movie with lots of men. We'd play lots of practical jokes on each other, one of which I thought was hilarious. When the dessert on the dining bus was trifle, one guy said to another: 'Does this smell funny to you?' and as he went to smell it, he shoved it in his face. Brilliant. On my next job there was a female runner and we were all having a laugh and that day we had trifle. The cogs started turning in my head… so I said to her: 'Does that smell funny to you?' and I pushed it in her face. There was the classic moment when there's an audible intake of breath, and as she opened her eyes and wiped away the cream she started to cry and ran off. I felt terrible and no-one would talk to me. I had to walk away.

    • Tom Ellis: (About the funniest thing he's done at school) I always remember one incident in my final year at junior school. The kid I used to sit next to was a friend of mine called Christian Bayliss. One time I was sitting in a maths class and I had my finger firmly stuck up my nose, which was a bad habit I had as a kid, and I pulled out a tasty-looking bogey. I was very impressed with it, so I said: 'Christian, look at that!' And he looked at it and literally threw up. On the desk. What a great reaction.

    • Tom Ellis: (About his sense of humour) I think there are times when you laugh at things you shouldn't and realise immediately you shouldn't be laughing. I've got a schoolboy sense of humour, which sometimes doesn't fit in with the responsibility of being a husband and dad. It involves back-tracking quite a lot.

    • Tom Ellis: (About laughing in inappropriate situations): I laugh all the time at people falling over. When we had the snow and ice earlier this year, I did see some rather comedic instances near where I live. There was one particular bit of black ice that I could see from my bedroom window where I saw about five people slip up on it in a day. Rather than go out and be a good neighbour and put some grit on it, I stood in my bedroom waiting to see who the next victim was.

    • Tom Ellis: (About his wife, Tamzin Outhwaite) It's the best thing that's ever happened to me. It sorted out my priorities. I've always been the most important person in my life and I'm not anymore.

    • Tom Ellis: (About his greatest goal in life) This is going to sound very soppy, but to have a happy family and be able to support them in whatever they do.

    • Tom Ellis: (About the shows he grew up watching) I used to watch Robin Hood, Robin of Sherwood on ITV which starred Jason Connery. Michael Praed, too. My mum and dad were always into costume dramas so I would always watch something I didn't understand, but looked very pretty.

    • Tom Ellis: (About Merlin, where he plays Cenred) I'd not watched a lot before, but I love it now whether I'm in it or not. My daughter loves it, too. I think it's a really big achievement for the BBC in terms of production values as well. It's one of those great shows you can watch with the whole family.

    • Tom Ellis: (About his character of Cenred in Merlin) I had a lot of fun playing a bad guy, the way it was written in some scenes he was almost a panto-esque baddie, or a Bond-like villain. It was possibly the most fun I've ever had on a TV set. I got to do everything I ever wanted to do when you're a kid.

    • Tom Ellis: (About his Cenred costume in Merlin) Oh my gosh! I loved it! It was the best costume I've ever worn for anything! It was tailor-made for me, the most ridiculous leather suit which I could barely move in and an OTT wig. I looked a bit like Russell Brand really, so I've been told. An evil Russell Brand.

    • Tom Ellis: (About his daughters) Both my daughters are both so unimpressed when they see me on television. I want them to say: 'Oh, dad!' But I say: 'Who's that?' and they say: 'Dad' with no real interest, even if I'm wearing a long wig and riding on a horse! I think I'll have to read a CBeebies bedtime story instead.

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